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1 Why can’t we all read it at once? Issues surrounding e-book acquisition Ruth Dale, Resource Acquisition Librarian 1ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House

2 2 Library Ebook “Acquisition” Finding and choosing Buying Making available and also, for “e “specifically… Choosing titles – selection models Post-purchase – the never-ending story?

3 Request to buy a book Is it in print or not? Choose supplier Send order Receive book, process and forget Print books – if you can get them, they work (usually) 3ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House

4 4 Where will the ebooks be? It is clear where the print books are – on a shelf (or, hopefully, out on loan) The ebooks? Most likely NOT actually hosted/stored by the Library May be accessed direct from the publisher website May be accessed via a third-party interface (aggregator)

5 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House5 Finding and choosing: availability Can I get this in “e”? Publishers –may not want to make available as “e” –may sell all ebooks to individuals for their own use –may sell some individual ebooks to Institutions –may sell “packages” of ebooks to Institutions –may use 3 rd party aggregators to sell their ebooks – just one, or multiple ones

6 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House6 Finding and choosing – where check Library supplier/aggregator –Their own interface, variety of available models – restrictions will vary for certain books Bibliographic database – Nielsen Bookdata or similar –Information fed through varies Publisher? –Is the info there for institutional purchase?

7 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House7 Access Models –Unlimited access –Fixed concurrent users –Credits –Short term loans/rentals –Subscription –Downloads/read offline (NB controlled by DRM – digital rights management

8 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House8 Finding and Choosing – questions to ask first! How will it be used? Occasionally, as extra reading, or heavily as set text/class use? If it isn’t on a reading list/set reading, do we really need to “own” it permanently? Rental/short term loan PDA/DDA – patron or demand-driven Acquisition

9 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House9 Patron Driven Acquisition – allowing library users to choose Usually via an “aggregator” (though publishers also now offering their own variants) Usually an element of pre-selection (identifying broadly appropriate titles) Users find records of titles in library catalogue – not necessarily clear that not yet “owned” Short period of preview, or number of short-term loans triggers a purchase

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13 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House13 Buying Default decision-making workflow –aggregator that suits most purposes –second choice, publisher if available Workflow – integration with Library Management System (send order, receive invoice etc)? –Library suppliers/aggregators largely able to do this – mirrors system used for print –Publishers largely NOT yet set up like this

14 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House14 Making available No printed book received to trigger a “process” – but you SHOULD get Notification of the access set up A “catalogue” record incorporating the URL link for the title An invoice (probably electronically) Does your usual process for publicising new books work – can you MAKE it?

15 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House15 Link in catalogue is crucial

16 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House16 Post-purchase Ideal scenario: ebook added to stock, works like clockwork, allows users to print/save/download from anywhere in the known world Likely scenario: you may need to troubleshoot issues such as: Authentication – users identifying themselves Format – using online or downloads, what device, what authentication etc Changes in patterns of use – may need to buy additional copies, change sim user licence, remove and buy NEW EDITION! Worst-case scenario: access model can change…

17 ACLAIIR Seminar 18 June 2013, Senate House17 Summary – and future development? Ebook acquisitions – decisions “front-loaded” –Lots of questions to consider if choice of access! Market fluid – more content being added, but more restrictions too Purchasing workflows – adapting slowly Future – continuing on-going preference for print? Ebook collections “given” to students?


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